Not all clutter is garbage
Sometimes the chaos is simply a matter of prized possessions being out of place.
Start a new habit. Whenever you're holding an item, don't put it down unless you're returning it to its home. This doesn't mean you have to pick up everything strewn around your house right now. But the next time you have something in your hand, don't set it back down just anywhere.
When you're decluttering, be sure there's enough light
You'll sort faster and be more motivated in a bright area. If you have to strain to see, the process can quickly become frustrating. It's okay to turn on your favorite music; however, stay away from separating clutter while watching TV because it's too easy to get distracted.
Get yourself a clutter buddy
For extra encouragement on a big job, ask a friend to be your clutter buddy. Often to spend time organizing at her house if she'll devote an afternoon to helping you sort through your stuff. When a partner is helping, you can focus your energy ion deciding what to keep and what to keep and what to toss.
1. Select the area in which you will work. You'll need a work surface and a chair. Bring them in from another room if necessary.
2.Stay seated while your clutter buddy brings you items to evaluate. The goal is for you to have a constant, steady stream of objects to review.
3. She should pre-sort for you, gathering like objects from around the room and showing you all of them at once.
4. Pay attention to your energy levels. As necessary, have your buddy alternate between bringing you no brainers or bulky items that can be decided on quickly and will make a big physical impact (such as a broken popcorn popper), and those that may require more individual, thoughtful attention (such as a pile of Christmas cards received over the years).
5. Once you make a decision, it's your buddy's job to physically deal with the item for example, to place kitchen gadgets in a donation box, shred discarded papers or hang a garment back in your closet.
BOTTOM LINE-You make all the decisions and aren't slowed down by the physical work. Your partner makes no decisions but does the physical work.